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Lucian Freud was painting until shortly before his death in July, and left a number of unfinished works in his studio, including an affectionate nude portrait of his long-term assistant, David Dawson, with his pet whippet.

The painting of Dawson is one of more than 100 portraits created over 70 years on show at the National Portrait Gallery, in an exhibition which was devised in close collaboration with the artist. Some of the portraits are of people in the public eye " Frank Auerbach, Francis Bacon, David Hockney, Leigh Bowery, Andrew Parker-Bowles and Deborah, Duchess of Devonshire. Others are of family members or friends, including former benefits supervisor Sue Tilley, whose generous proportions were immortalised by Freud in a series of portraits in the 1990s.Freud also subjected his own face and figure to scrutiny throughout his career, and a number of his self-portraits will be included.

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